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Water bacteria cancels Tokyo 2020 paratriathlon test swim

Apo - The swimming section of a paratriathlon test event for Tokyo 2020 was cancelled Saturday due to high levels of bacteria in the water, the latest in a series of difficulties over water quality and temperature.

French triathlete 'treated for heatstroke' in Tokyo: report

Apo - French triathlete Cassandre Beaugrand was taken to hospital with suspected heatstroke after an Olympic test event Thursday, according to Japanese news agency Kyodo, despite organisers cutting the run to 5km due to stifling heat in Tokyo.

South Korea's Moon offers olive branch to Japan

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in struck a conciliatory tone towards Japan on Thursday, offering to "join hands" if Tokyo chooses dialogue as relations between the US allies dip to fresh lows.

Powerful Japan storm turns deadly, snarls holiday travel

Apo - A powerful tropical storm lashed Japan on Thursday, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that claimed at least one life, prompted warnings of landslides and flooding, and sparked evacuation advisories and travel chaos at a peak holiday period.

Japan's new emperor speaks of 'deep remorse' in 1st speech marking WWII

Apo - Japan's new emperor spoke Thursday of "deep remorse" over the country's wartime past in his first speech to commemorate the end of World War II since his enthronement in May.

South Korea's Moon offers olive branch to Japan

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in struck a conciliatory tone towards Japan on Thursday, offering to "join hands" if Tokyo chooses dialogue as relations between the two countries dip to fresh lows.

Japan's new emperor speaks of 'deep remorse' in 1st speech marking WWII

Apo - Japan's new emperor on Thursday spoke of "deep remorse" over the country's wartime past, in his first speech to mark the end of World War II since his enthronement in May.

Japan's Abe sends offering to controversial Yasukuni shrine

Apo - Japan's premier sent a ritual cash offering to a controversial Tokyo war shrine to mark the end of World War II Thursday but did not visit in person amid heightened tensions with South Korea.

Japan braces for powerful storm at peak holiday period

Apo - Japan was bracing Wednesday for a severe tropical storm expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds during the peak holiday period, with dozens of flights and bullet train services cancelled.

S. Korea tightens export controls on Japan in trade row

Seoul - South Korea on Monday put Japan into its own new export category as President Moon Jae-in called Tokyo's latest measures "very serious", intensifying a trade war between the two neighbours and US allies.

Hit rewind: Sony Walkman triggers nostalgia on 40th birthday

Apo - Must-have 80s gadget and one-time icon of Japan electronics cool, Sony's Walkman turned 40 this year and like its now middle-aged fans, is clinging to its youth with high-tech updates.

South Korean cosmetics firm boss quits over YouTube praising Japan

Seoul - The head of a major South Korean cosmetics firm resigned Sunday after facing heavy backlash for forcing his staff to watch a YouTube video praising Japan during a raging trade war between the two nations.

Emotion driving S. Korea-Japan trade row: analysts

Seoul - A spiralling trade row between Japan and South Korea is being driven more by emotion than economic factors, analysts say, with leaders of the US allies risking their security ties for domestic political considerations, to Washington's consternation.

Japan OKs key exports to S. Korea for first time under new rules

Apo - Japan has approved the export to South Korea of some key products for the first time since introducing stricter trading rules amid an ongoing row between the two US allies.

Heatwave in Japan kills 57 in one week with 18,000 hospitalized

Tokyo - Fifty-seven people died due to heat-related medical issues in Japan over the week starting July 29, the government said Tuesday, with the number of those taken to hospitals more than tripling from the previous week's 5,664 to 18,347.

'No Japan' banners scrapped in Seoul after outcry

Seoul - A Seoul district was forced to backtrack within hours of starting to put up more than 1,000 anti-Japan banners in the centre of the South Korean capital on Tuesday as a trade dispute rages between the neighbours.

Beijing warns of 'countermeasures' over US missile plans

Bejing - China warned Tuesday it would take unspecified countermeasures if the United States goes ahead with plans to deploy ground-based intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Beijing warns of 'countermeasures' over US missile plans

Bejing - China warned Tuesday it would take unspecified countermeasures if the United States goes ahead with plans to deploy ground-based missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Japan urged to sign UN nuke ban on Hiroshima anniversary

Apo - The mayor of Hiroshima urged Japan to sign a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons as the city Tuesday marked 74 years since being targeted in the world's first atomic attack.

Japan-S. Korea row escalates as relations hit new low

Apo - Japan and South Korea Friday rescinded each other's favoured export partner status in an escalating row as relations between the US allies hit a new low.

South Korea warns Japan to drop 'white list' trade threat

Bangkok - South Korea warned Japan on Thursday that it would be forced to review security cooperation between the two key US allies if Tokyo pushes ahead with plans to remove Seoul from its "white list" of trusted trade partners.

Japan police raid arson attack suspect's residence

Apo - Japanese police on Friday raided the home of the main suspect in a deadly arson attack that killed 34 people at an anime firm in Kyoto, media reports said.

North Korea says new missile a 'solemn warning' to South

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said two missiles fired under his supervision were newly designed tactical weapons that sent a "solemn warning" to the South over plans to hold military drills with the United States.

Nissan confirms profit plunge as job cuts reported

Apo - Japanese car giant Nissan confirmed Wednesday it will report a plunge in first quarter operating profit as media reported the struggling automarker plans to cut more than 10,000 jobs worldwide.

China-Russia joint exercise sends a message to Washington

Bejing - An unprecedented joint China-Russia bomber patrol over disputed territory off the coast of South Korea and Japan was a "massive development" in their bid to challenge US influence in the region, analysts said Wednesday.

China defends air patrol with Russia after S. Korea, Japan fury

Bejing - China on Wednesday defended a joint air force exercise with Russia that triggered a furious response from regional US allies South Korea and Japan over a perceived airspace violation.

Nissan to cut over 10,000 jobs worldwide: reports

Apo - Japanese car giant Nissan plans to cut more than 10,000 jobs worldwide, reports said Wednesday, as it works to turn its fortunes around after its former chief was arrested over financial misconduct.

Activists hail Japan election of lawmakers with serious disabilities

Apo - The election of two candidates with serious disabilities to Japan's parliament was hailed by activists Monday, saying it could help boost understanding and improve infrastructure for those in the community.

Japan's Abe claims victory in upper house election

Apo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed victory Sunday for his ruling coalition in the upper house election, vowing to keep alive plans to amend the nation's pacifist constitution.

Anime studio fire 'an arson attack', Japan police say

Apo - The horrifying fire at a renowned anime firm which killed dozens in Kyoto is being treated as arson and murder, Japanese police have said, with scores of detectives investigating the deadliest violent crime for decades in the famously safe country.
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